Very early this morning, our #Travelife Magazine and Travelife TV teams were on the 7 AM flight of Philippine Airlines from Manila to Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam.
Flying from Manila to Ho Chi Ming entails a short flight of two hours, and it's quite relaxing with a movie and a proper breakfast.
PAL had several choices that day but I ended up choosing the arroz a la Cubana created for PAL by Chef Bruce Lim. It was very good, made just the way I like it.
LANDING IN HO CHI MINH
Then we were soon landing in Vietnam, which incidentally has a way nicer airport than any of the 3 airports of Manila.
Everything in Vietnam airport was orderly and functioning, and our land arrangers were waiting promptly at the arrivals lounge to take us in a van to one of the best hotels in Ho Chi Minh.
Of course, nothing but great will do for our Travelife Magazine and TV teams, as everyone in our team really gets to live a Travelife.
ONLY THE BEST FOR LUNCH
As our main work starts tomorrow, the first order of the day was lunch.
As the boss, I'm lucky to be able to make most of the decisions. I remembered my last trip to Ho Chi Minh, about three years ago perhaps, when I'd had a very nice meal at Dynasty and I'd been very impressed with the food.
When I'd mentioned this to a Vietnamese acquaintance then, he'd said; "Of course. Dynasty is an institution in Ho Chi Minh. Everyone goes there for the best Chinese food."
|The pandan juice was a great thirst quencher over lunch|
TOP OF MIND
So on this trip, the Dynasty restaurant of the New World Saigon was the first thing that came to mind.
We're here for a week and we're going to be eating a whole lot of Vietnamese food, so I thought it'd be nice to have a very good Chinese meal to start our #Travelife to Vietnam.
THE BEST DISHES TO ORDER
AT DYNASTY IN HO CHI MINH
|This was the spinach fried rice with spicy sausage.|
It was very good.
Well, the food certainly didn't disappoint.
Everything at Dynasty was very good but the highlights of the meal were the spinach fried rice, the crispy wantons and of course the unbelievable black squid ink dumplings filled with shrimps and truffles, and then topped with gold flakes and scallions.
|The crispy wantons at Dynasty|
OTHER DELICIOUS DISHES
The squid ink dumplings are the special work of the chef himself and his mastery clearly shows in this dish.
This was easily a work of art. And very good to eat, too. One of our team members is allergic to shrimp, so I happily had his portion as well. #lucky
Oh yes, you must try the crispy pork as well, as this is one of the most famous dishes at Dynasty.
And then we walked around for a bit, trying to get a feel of Ho Chi Minh circa 2016, on the first day of just another interesting chapter in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.